Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Our Authors have hobbies - E.A. West

As an author, I spend a lot of time at my computer, working with words. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from all that work and relax with yarn. This week, I took a break from working on edits to crochet a gift for my nephew’s first birthday.

Now, sometimes I’ll get creative and make up a pattern as I go. This time, however, I used a turtle pattern I found on the Lion Brand Yarn website. Of course, I had to insert my own special touch. Instead of using the yarn called for in the pattern, I used camouflage and buff Red Heart Yarn, mainly because I had it on hand. Gotta use up that yarn stash somehow!

I think the turtle turned out well, and I’m tempted to make another to decorate my writing area. He’s just so darned cute! Don’t you think?


I can’t wait to see my nephew’s face when he opens his gift. :)

It only took me about two hours to make all the pieces and another twenty minutes or so to put it together. The time it takes you to make this turtle will vary, depending on your level of experience with crocheting. But it’s a simple pattern that even a beginner could make. If you want to give it a try, you can find the pattern here:
(you will have to register to see it, but it's free).

Have fun with your little turtle friend!
E.A. West, award-winning author of sweet and inspirational romance, is a lifelong lover of books and storytelling. In high school, she discovered the wonders of sharing her stories with others through writing. She picked up her pen in a creative writing class and hasn't laid it down yet. Her love of writing encompasses not only the romance genre but also a variety fiction and non-fiction styles.

Born and raised in Indiana, she still resides there today with her family and a small zoo of pets that includes the typical dogs and cats, and the more unusual African water frogs and a ribbon snake. Her interests are as varied as her critters. She has been known to carry on conversations about everything from politics and current events to gardening and theology. When she's not writing, you can usually find her working on her latest knitting or crochet project.

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  1. Cute turtle! I like your colors better than the one shown on the pattern. I agree - doing something else creative often helps me sort out details in my writing. And it's a bonus when that creativity can be used as a gift for someone else. Nice work!

    1. Thanks! I love putting my crochet hook to work whenever I need a gift for someone.

  2. I have a Writer-Sister! I also crochet, adore turtles and write for Astraea. Can't go wrong with that combination! Thanks for the pattern and for sharing.